President of the Republic of Lithuania

At the meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan – attention to global agenda and historical diplomacy

2019-10-23

Wednesday, October 23, Tokyo During the visit to Tokyo, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Tadamori Oshima, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan. The meeting focused on the global agenda and sustainable development goals. Intensifying relations between Lithuania and Japan, based on common democratic values, with a special focus on strengthening parliamentary and cultural relations, were discussed at the meeting.

“Japan is Lithuania’s most important partner in Asia. We share common values and a similar approach to addressing the global agenda. We continue a meaningful political dialogue and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s historic visit to Lithuania in 2018 added a new boost to bilateral cooperation. After the visit, we feel increased interest of Japanese businesses and financial institutions in Lithuania and the Baltic States”, the President said.

The meeting also addressed the topic of academic exchange. The cooperation between Lithuanian and Japanese universities in the field of life sciences and medicine is intensifying, therefore the President said it was necessary to exploit the favorable situation and encourage scientific communities and institutions of other fields to take a fresh look at the cooperation possibilities. The President welcomed the increasing number of Japanese students in Lithuania and said that it was the largest in the history of the two countries.

During the meeting, the President paid considerable attention to the historical and cultural ties between Lithuania and Japan and recognized the contribution of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara to the development of bilateral relations. “Chiune Sugihara is an example of tolerance, humanity and justice. It is very important that the history and legacy of this eminent diplomat is also known to our young people. The humanist ideas that he nurtured and spread strengthen and heal the spirit, and will inspire many more generations to come”, the President said.

The President reminded of Lithuania’s invitation to members of the Japanese Parliament to visit Lithuania and highlighted that Lithuania proclaimed 2020 the year of humanist and human rights defender Chiune Sugihara.

The visit to Japan takes place as important anniversaries of bilateral relations are approaching: in 2020, the 120th birth anniversary of Chiune Sugihara will be marked and in 2022, we will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Japan.

The President and the First Lady will lay flowers at the Sugihara monument and visit the Memorial Museum. The President will be awarded an honorary doctorate and will give a lecture at the University of Gifu.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2019.10.23 12:41

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